Architrope – TOM WOLSELEY




Under the conceptual framework of Architrope, Tom Wolseley will be showing CABIN/ET, funded by Arts Council of England, sponsored by MAERSK and supported by Hackney Council. It is a recycled shipping container in the Hackney Road Recreation Ground, next to the gallery. It will be seen from the gallery and accessed from Hackney road.
It will be the central focus of a series of projects during the months of July, August and September.

Shipping containers are the silent catalyst of globalisation. With 17 million containers in the world, there is are a billion cubic metre of space, equivalent to a city the size of London, constantly on the move. Through the theme of ‘transitional spaces’, CABIN/ET aims to explore how we might locate ourselves in this new geography.

The recycled container bears the scars of its trans-global drift, perched on four specially made cast iron pedestals. Inside it is lined with plywood, that also, makes up furniture, shelves and seats. CABIN/ET will look and feel like the idealized space of a cabin, distant and remote. It is a found and transformed sculptural object. Conversely it makes reference to the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ – the 18c proto museums that sought to represent the world with often spurious artefacts. CABIN/ET project will create ‘transitional spaces’: between physical and psychological representations of the world.

Some of the different projects which can be seen during the three months:
1. The Architrope Library: a resource for people to peruse and to engage with through recommendation.
2. ‘Caveman Bill’ displayed on a LCD screen. An ongoing collaboration with a Yukon resident..
3. ‘Bureau de change’ A barter project where people can exchange objects, actions & interventions.
4. ‘Border Town’ A video mirror installation of a small town on the US/Mexican border.
5. ‘London’ – Claire Stent maps the worlds’ cities using contour lines manifest through walking.
6. ‘Untitled’ – Camilla Lyon produces art from found ‘wood’ formica see website 2-31 May
7. ‘Horiizon’ Through perforated listening holes a container crossing the Atlantic can be heard.
8. ‘Flags’ Invitational to design a flag for a transitional space as opposed to a fixed territory.
9. ‘Shacks’ Photographs of homes made from caravans and mobile contraptions

Architrope is the conceptual framework that facilitates and contains the practice of TOM WOLSELEY.
His practice spans photography, video, narration and installation. Architrope allows these diverse strands to come together in a single framework and forms a collaborative practice which will include the work of Camilla Lyon, and Claire Stent amongst others and will include participation from members of the public. This project is known as CABIN/ET.

Duration 12 July 2009 - 27 September 2009
Times Opening Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
Cost free
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